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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

dream cast: hypothetical ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ sequel

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week we’re fantasizing about the once-promised, soon forgotten sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth DimensionBuckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League.

(If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.)
It’s one of my very favorite movies, and the missing sequel is one of the lost movie I most long for. And with the 25th anniversary of the original film’s release coming up this summer, it seems like the perfect time to think about another installment.

The original cast included (I’m listing only characters here who could appear in the sequel):

Buckaroo Banzai: Peter Weller
Penny Priddy: Ellen Barkin
Reno Nevada: Pepe Serna
Perfect Tommy: Lewis Smith
New Jersey/Dr. Sidney Zweibel: Jeff Goldblum
Pinky Carruthers: Billy Vera

My dream World Crime League cast:

Buckaroo Banzai: David Tennant
Penny Priddy: Amy Adams
Reno Nevada: Dwayne Johnson
Perfect Tommy: Josh Holloway
New Jersey/Dr. Sidney Zweibel: Vince Vaughn
Pinky Carruthers: John Simm
Hanoi Xan (leader of the League): Jet Li

The most awesome end credits ever (except for promising us a sequel that never came):



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